20 Celebrities Who Were Forced To Quit Drinking, And It Saved Their Life.
Alcohol use disorders, or AUDs, affected 16.3 million adults in the United States in 2014, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and only about 1.5 million of them received treatment at a specialized facility. That same year, the problem affected over half a million adolescents ages 12-17, only 55,000 of which received proper treatment.
Sobriety from drugs and alcohol is one of the most intentional decisions a person can make, but it is also one of the most difficult. There are, however, some folks who choose to never start in the first place and we applaud them for making the choice early on. However, there are others who were able to successfully kick their addiction after years of battling it.
Below we have a list of celebrities, whose lives have been open to public scrutiny, who choose to stay away from drugs and alcohol today. On this list, there are two women from Sex and the City, one wizard graduate, and several artists. See what they have to say of their big decisions.
#1. Tobey Maguire
Best known for his role in Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire has been sober since the age of 19. He struggled with substance abuse in his teens, but kicked the habit early. It wasn't a big revelation, as some media sources have reported.
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#2. Jennifer Lopez
The actress-songstress may sip alcohol from time to time, but stays away otherwise.
"I think that ruins your skin," she said in an interview with InStyle.
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#3. Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell got sober about a decade ago and admitted that it was "really lovely to be present in [his] life."
In 2014, he told Elle that he made love with a woman when he got clean, describing it as "one of the most terrifying moments of [his] life."
"It was in the afternoon. The windows and the curtains were open. It was lovely, and, to be crass, it wasn't fucking," he said.
"She was very gentle. But it was terrifying. Because I was just used to drunkenness and dark rooms and clubs and toilets and wherever."
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#4. Jada Pinkett Smith
This supermom and superwife also beat the habit more than eight years ago. She knew she had a problem when she found herself drinking about two bottles of wine on the couch. She went cold turkey and hasn't had a drink since.
#5. Blake Lively
This golden haired actress glows as a new mother. A few years ago, she told Allure that she doesn't drink and that she's never tried a drug.
"It's just something that I genuinely don't have a desire for," Lively revealed.
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